Justin Verlander broke John Smoltz's career mark for strikeouts in the postseason during Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

Verlander struck out Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles in the second inning for his 200th postseason strikeout, surpassing the mark of 199 set by Smoltz in 2009.

The Houston Astros right-hander took the loss, allowing the four runs on seven hits in six innings, striking out six and walking three. His postseason strikeout total stands at 202.